The first element of South Croxton, in the East Goscote Hundred of Leicestershire, likely comes from the Old Danish male personal name Krok (Old Norse Krókr, Middle English genitive singular Crokes), originally a byname meaning ‘crooked-back’, or possibly ‘crooked-dealer’ related to Old Norse krókr ‘hook’. Alternatively the first element could be Old English croc ‘a crook’, that is relating to a location situated in a nook or bend of land.
The second element of the place-name is Old English tun ‘an enclosure; a farmstead; a village; an estate’.
The Middle English affix suð ‘south’ distinguishes South Croxton from Croxton Kerrial in the Framland Hundred.
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- byname, Danish, hybrid name, Leicestershire, male_name, place-name
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Barrie Cox, A Dictionary of Leicestershire and Rutland Place-Names. Nottingham: English Place-Name Society (2005), p. 96.
Barrie Cox, The Place-Names of Leicestershire III. English Place-Name Society LXXXI (2004), p. 72.